There is a lot of noise around the MPAs right now. Some (not all) commercial fishing groups are criticising the MPA process at a crucial stage and basically saying that had they known what the outcome was, they wouldn’t have contributed so freely, perhaps not even taken part.
The SEL blog has attempted to chart the long, and sometimes torturous, process of setting up Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scotland.
Many may be wondering what is happening with Scotland’s MPAs? Are they going to be paper parks? Or are they finally going to help reverse the fortunes of our inshore waters, which have suffered such serious ecological decline?
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